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Archival Resources

Exhibition of Sculpture and Drawings by Barbara Hepworth, Wakefield City Art Gallery, 1944

In 1944 Wakefield Art Gallery presented Barbara Hepworth’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery, following her 1943 exhibition with Paul Nash at Temple Newsam, Leeds. The introduction to the exhibition catalogue was written by Herbert Read.

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture and Drawings, Wakefield City Art Gallery, 1951

In 1951 Frank Atkinson, Director of Wakefield Art Gallery, organised another retrospective of Barbara Hepworth’s work, which toured to York and Manchester as part of the Festival of Britain celebrations. Patrick Heron provided the introduction to the exhibition catalogue and the exhibition was opened by Herbert Read on the 19 May 1951.

External Resources

Barbara Hepworth

Website set up by the Hepworth Estate and designed to provide information on all aspects of the life and work of the sculptor Barbara Hepworth.

The Studios at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St Ives: Restoration and Preservation

Tate project, funded through the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, with additional support from Friends of Heritage Preservation, to oversee the restoration and the development of a long-term strategy for the St Ives working studios of Barbara Hepworth.

Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture records comprising photographs and notes compiled under the sculptor’s supervision, 1925–75

Available online via the Tate website is the collection of Hepworth’s sculptural record books. Compiled by Hepworth throughout her life, these forty five volumes give a complete record of her work from 1925-1975. The volumes contain detailed records about each of her sculptural artwork including information on medium, dimensions, sales and exhibtions often with a photograph of the sculpture.

Figures in a Landscape (1953)

Dudley Shaw Ashton, Figures in a Landscape (1953), film, colour, 17 mins

Figures in a Landscape depicts rare footage of Barbara Hepworth at work in her garden. An imaginative Technicolor documentary about Hepworth’s work, Figures in a Landscape was one of the first films backed by the BFI Experimental Film Fund. The film includes a script by archaeologist Jaquetta Hawkes, narration from future Poet Laureate Cecil Day Lewis and a score specially composed by Priaulx Rainier.

Barbara Hepworth (1961)

John Read, Barbara Hepworth  (1961), film, black and white, 33 mins

This film by John Read examines how the Cornish landscapes influenced Hepworth’s work and the artist describes the planning stages in the creation of her sculptures.